Countries that sponsor terrorism should not be allowed to paint themselves as victims of terrorism

In an oblique reference to Pakistan, India’s permanent representative to United Nations (UN) ambassador TS Tirumurti said that countries that sponsor terrorism should not be allowed to paint themselves as victims of terrorism.

TS Tirumurti took to twitter and wrote, “Let's not allow any State sponsoring terrorism paint itself as its victim. The UN needs to enhance sustained action against perpetrators of terror and against States sponsoring terror, especially cross-border terrorism.”

The UN, this year, held a virtual commemoration of the day on August 21 to remember and honour the victims and survivors of victims, the report said. The commemoration also saw several keynote speakers including the survivors of terrorism who spoke on the impact of terrorism on individuals and societies, the report said.

At the commemoration, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres assured that the UN stands in solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones, the wounded survivors, and those whose lives have been forever changed by acts of terrorism.

“Let us put in place measures that uphold their rights to justice, protection, support and rehabilitation, so they can rebuild their lives. Let us do everything in our power to prevent terrorist attacks and demand that those responsible are held accountable,” he said.

As a tribute to the victims of terrorism attacks, India’s Permanent Mission to the UN tweeted a video along with a post saying, “Today, on the International Day of #Remembrance of and Tribute to #VictimsofTerrorism, we remember the victims of terror, and also that the perpetrators of terror continue to enjoy State patronage with impunity from across our border. #NeverForgotten.”

It also posted a video containing the images of attacks carried out by Pakistan-based terrorist groups in India. It contained 1993 Mumbai blasts, the 2001 Parliament attack, 2002 Akshardham Temple attack, 2008 Mumbai attacks, 2016 Uri attack and 2019 Pulwama attack.

Read the full report in NDTV